Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Set the Record Straight - CBC Statement

KRG would like to independently correct Mr. Matulic's inaccurate comment about CBC reporter Melissa Fung by pointing out that Norval Morrisseau did in fact instruct KRG to place an advertisement in Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, which stated the following: "A message from Norval Morrisseau, wabino-wiin shaman artist, 'For the record, I would like to state that Kinsman Robinson Galleries are my sole authorized representatives in Canada. Artworks sold by Kinsman Robinson Galleries are guaranteed to be by the artist Norval Morrisseau'." Furthermore, Mr. Matulic neglected to mention that the single complaint against KRG, brought before the Competition Bureau by Mr. Otavnik, was deemed without merit and promptly dismissed. Click on ad to enlarge.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Morrisseau in His Own Words

"I go to the inner places. I go to the source. I even dare to say, I go to the house of invention where all the inventors of mankind have been."

- cited by Donald C. Robinson in his introduction to Norval Morrisseau Exhibition: 'Honouring First Nations' (Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, 1994)

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Morrisseau Art for Your Portfolio

When it comes to making a good investment in Canadian art—more specifically in Norval Morrisseau's art—three things to look for will stand you in good stead. Be sure to find artwork of 1) exceptional quality, 2) rarity and 3) impeccable provenance. KRG's current holdings include:
  1. Sacred Trout Through The Portal of Time, 1978 (illustrated) Acrylic on masonite, 23x31inches, 58.4x78.7cm, Provenance: Private collection, Ontario; Collection of Susan A. Ross, C.M.; The Pollock Gallery, Toronto.
  2. Mikkinak, The Turtle, 1989 Acrylic on canvas, 48x36 inches, 121.92x91.4cm, Provenance: Private Collection, Maple Ridge, B.C.; Acquired from the artist.
  3. Sacred Trout, 1989 Acrylic on canvas, 36x48inches, 91.4x121.92cm, Provenance: Private collection, Whistler, B.C.; Acquired from the artist.
    By making the right choices in fine art, you can buy a tangible asset that's closer to your heart and at the same time offers some protection, liquidity and a financial return on your investment.
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    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Of Morrisseau and Provenance

    The best provenance—or detailed history—includes documentary evidence of past owners and their locations giving a Morrisseau painting a pedigree which makes it far more valuable than an 'unprovenanced' artwork. Examples might include a handwritten letter by Norval Morrisseau to the original purchaser, a copy of a cancelled cheque to Morrisseau as proof of payment or some other documentation, by the original owner, which tells the story of the purchase from the artist. Generally speaking, provenance is an acquired characteristic of value that should be accounted for in fair market valuations. But when it comes to Morrisseau and provenance, an old property law doctrine called caveat emptor or "let the buyer beware" has never rung truer. The prudent collector should beware of blanket statements like "Provenance leading directly to the artist" that are not backed up by verifiable facts. Likewise, unexplained gaps in a painting's history can be cause for concern. Ideally, the origin of a painting should be traced back to the time that it was created by the artist. Our unique history with Norval Morrisseau has led at least one gallery owner to go so far as to assert a provenance attributed to KRG when, in fact, none existed. If you have any doubt about authenticity, contact a trusted dealer to give you his or her opinion.
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    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Two Authentic Morrisseau Artworks Revisited

    This side-by-side comparison makes readily apparent the common design elements shared by these two genuine Norval Morrisseaus which were painted decades apart. The painting on the left, from 1989, depicts the turtle's front and hind legs, as well as head and neck, in a similar fashion to its predecessor from the early-to-mid 1960s. The more recent painting portrays the turtle at a slightly more dynamic angle with the Green Man motif contained within the turtle's body. The vibrant colour and balanced composition set the more recent work apart. Showing the skill of a master painter, Morrisseau balanced the circles of life by alternating their colour and size while keeping their number consistent. The demigod's horns become a central design element without diminishing the power of this iconic image.